Ikigai is not a Venn Diagram

If you go on Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or any social media and search the term ikigai, you will inevitably come across a four-circle Venn diagram with the following questions: Are you doing something that you love? Are you doing something that you’re good at? Are you doing something that the world needs? Are you …

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Not All Japanese Have Ikigai

Many books and blog posts that explore the subject of ikigai make the claim that all Japanese have and can easily identify their own ikigai. Unfortunately, this is not the case. There are millions of Japanese who don’t feel ikigai. Many of these people suffer greatly from unwanted loneliness, experience a feeling of not being …

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The Ikigai Okinawa Myth

In 2009, National Geographic Fellow, Dan Buettner delivered a TED Talk entitled How to live to be 100+. In his presentation, he discussed ‘blue zones’ (also the topic of his book by the same name): the five places in the world that had the highest concentration of centenarians, where people lived the longest, and where …

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IKIGAI: A Misunderstood Word

What is ikigai?Ikigai is a greatly misunderstood concept outside of Japan. It’s not a word from Okinawa. It’s not a Japanese secret to longevity. It’s not an entrepreneurial Venn diagram framework. It is not the pursuit of a single life purpose. And it is not something all Japanese have. Most likely, the majority of your …

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A Natural Approach to Mental Wellness: Japanese Psychology and the Skills We Need for Psychological and Spiritual Health

Gregg KrechGregg Krech is one of the leading authorities on Japanese Psychology in North Americaand is the founding director of the ToDo Institute, an educational center for purposeful living in Vermont. He is also an award-winning author of books such as Naikan: Gratitude, Grace, and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection, The Art of Taking Action …

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Ikigai and Illness: A Guide to Living Fully with Purpose, Meaning, and Joyful Moments

Trudy BoyleTrudy Boyle is the current director of the ToDo Institute’s initiative on Living Fully with Illness. She has been studying, writing, and teaching the principles of Living Fully with Illness, for three decades. She is also the former program director of Wellspring Calgary, a large community-based Cancer Resource Center in Calgary, Canada, and continues …

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The Wabi-Sabi Way: Simple Principles to Bring Calm, Meaning & Authenticity to Your Daily Life

Mike SturmMike Sturm is an author and sales professional; he writes about productivity and self-improvement; he received his BA and MA in philosophy from Northern Illinois University, and has taught philosophy for several years and researched Buddhism and Taoism extensively. ❝The way we receive the world is, in part, shaped by our language. The more …

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Embracing Life as It Is: Lessons from Wabi-Sabi, Haiku, and Zen

Alan GettisAlan Gettis is a psychologist and former vice president of the Haiku Society of America; his haiku have been published in journals throughout the world, including the United States, Australia, Canada, and Japan.Sensei Carl Genjo Bachmann is a psychotherapist and a Zen teacher in the white plum lineage. He received dharma transmission from Robert …

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